Sunday, December 27, 2015

Engaging Activities to Use After the New Year

Are you looking for some fun, engaging activities to do with your students once school starts back after Christmas break?  You've came to the right place!  I found myself dreading the thought of getting back to the grind once this long, overdue break is over.  So what better way to deal with it than to create fun activities that your students won't groan about?!? 

First, I created a New Year's Student Reflection- Video Journal Responses &  Infographic.  This product includes video journal responses where students watch a short video related to the response topic, and then students write a response.  Using the information they include in the journal responses, students will complete a New Year’s Infographic.

Included are:
• 6 video journal responses that address various areas included in the infographic (goal setting, SMART Goals, resolutions, making positive changes, symbolism, etc.).
• 2 page infographic

Another product I use is a New Year's Character Reflection & Infographic.  This activity is a great
way to analyze a character, while also putting the New Year's spin on it.

The activities in this product will require students to:
• Develop a New Year’s resolution for the character
• Determine character’s most cherished memories
• Establish the character’s favorite “things”
• Symbolization- 5 symbols that represent the character
• Goals for the New Year

Similar to the topics discussed in the Infographic are these New Year's Character Reflection Task Cards!  This Common Core aligned product includes 20 task cards that require students to think critically about the character(s) being addressed, as well as to support their answers with evidence.  Approximately half of the cards require students to reflect on the character’s
past year or the year to come; however, the tasks do not have to be used as a New Year’s activity. The other half focuses more on characterization, in general (types of conflict the character has been involved in, internal and external traits, etc.). Therefore, these task cards can be used at any point throughout the year with ANY novel or short story.  Want to try out a free sample of this product?  Download this FREEBIE here!

I'd love to here what you do with your students when you head back to school in January.  It would be great to have a variety of activities on hand to be ready to go!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Implementing Common Core Lit Terms w/ Videos

Implementing the Common Core vocabulary can often be boring for our students. We all know that when our kids are bored, they're less likely to comprehend the material.  Keeping this in mind, I decided to create activities that would allow my students to interact w/ the term as they are learning it.

This 'growing' product includes 30 literary terms (so far). Each time I introduce a new skill, I use the appropriate activity from my Common Core Literary Terms w/ Videos.  For example, when we started our fiction unit, I, of course, wanted students to be able to identify the parts of the plot.  To begin, I gave them a copy of the activity below, which they glued into their Interactive Reading Notebooks.  As you can see, it includes the word, definition, the word used in a sentence, a video explaining the term, and then a review question/activity.  They keep track of each term and the standard that it covers, using a tracking sheet (also included in this product).  I've found students to be much more excited about what we're going to do next by introducing the skills this way.  If you would like to have a FREE sample of this product, you can download that here!  Make sure to check out the full product here.